Following the experience of students who participated in Mini-Med in previous years, the number applying for Mini-Med this year exceeded places so eight students were pulled out of the hat for this year’s course. Mini Med takes place in Waterford Regional Hospital and WIT next week during the mid-term break so it is a clear marker that students who apply to do this course are serious about this option as a career. The course, which takes place from Tuesday to Friday, gives the students a taste of many aspects of medical practice and includes six one hour practicals. Students participating are: Hazel Blackmore, Louise Burke, Michelle Burke, Edel Campion, Maeve Herlihy, Mary Moran, Ellen Sweeney and Shannon Toohey.
It is a very quiet time for sport and the sports fields and courts are almost forlorn as so many students are involved in Mock Junior & Leaving Cert. The Minor B1, B2 and B3 hockey teams had league encounters with Crescent last week and all three teams had very comfortable wins: 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.
Transition Years Under Pressure
To say that Transition Year students are under pressure may seem a bit of a paradox but the truth is that they are. Having entered this year’s YSI programme, deadlines are now approaching fast and furiously and yes, the pressure is on!
The Young Social Innovators programme (YSI) is a national programme that is taken up by 183 schools around the country and has an entry of some 380 projects involving six thousand students. The challenge to the young people who participate in YSI is if you believe in something passionately, then you can do something about it. Simply put: Believe in it, Act on it.
There will be two programmes put forward from the two groups. The first dead line to be met is a twelve page report on the project which has to be submitted by February 26 and following this, the students will travel to Cork to make their presentations – the “Speakout”. Based on these two submissions, sixty projects will be chosen for the Showcase on May 5 in Croke Park.
One group’s project is entitled “Guys & Dolls” and looks at the whole area of stereotyping in the area of relationships and the project’s motto is “Don’t paint us all with the one brush”. The second project is called “Introducing…Me” and focuses on the area of self-esteem and how to build it.